Franklin L. Gustwiller

October 13, 1949 ~ August 9, 2020 (age 70)


Franklin L. Gustwiller, age 70 of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Mercy Defiance Hospital.   
He was born on October 13, 1949 to Charles and Donna Jean (Perry) Gustwiller in Napoleon, Ohio. Frank proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1975. On August 12, 1978 he married Madonna (Hill) Gustwiller, who resides in Defiance. Frank was a life member of Defiance VFW #3360. He was a truck driver for Fountain City Leasing. Frank was extremely proud of his children, and he loved spending time with his family.  
Frank will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Madonna Gustwiller of Defiance, three sons, Todd (Connie) Demland of Defiance, Mike (Jodie) Gustwiller of McComb, OH, and Ron (Susan) Gustwiller of Dayton, OH, and his three daughters, Michele (Bob) Bussing of Defiance,  Lisa (Randy) Johns of Continental, OH, and Nikki (Tim) Miles of Defiance. He also leaves behind 26 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, his brothers, Don (Joyce) Gustwiller of Bryan, Mike (Kathy) Gustwiller of Holgate, and Gary (Barb) Gustwiller of Weston, OH, and his sister, Pat Price of Holgate. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters in infancy, his grandson Jimmy Brown, and granddaughter Alyssa Miles. 
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home South / Lawson-Roessner Chapel (1753 S. Clinton St.). By the order from the Governor, a mask and social distancing are required to enter the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Riverside Cemetery, with Deb Miller officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW #3360. 
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August 13, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson-Roessner Chapel
1753 S. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512

Graveside Service
August 14, 2020

11:00 AM
Riverside Cemetery
Defiance, OH 43512

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